Is Croatia a MICE destination?
At almost all trade shows of the travel and hospitality industry, I have spoken with hotel owners and managers, DMC's and Convention Bureaus from Croatia. I always thought it was a fantastic country to begin with and high on my bucket list. This year I was invited to MEETEX again the second year in a row, Last year I was asked for a Study Trip with Katarina line in October and went on a FAM trip (Zagreb, Rovinj, Opatija and Rijeka). The question I asked myself everywhere was quite simple: "Is the destination or activity suitable for MICE events?"
We already know the answer to the question. Croatia is very suitable for MICE, but to be honest, people are still largely geared to tourism.
There are certainly opportunities and possibilities for Meetings. There are beautiful locations at the various destinations. In terms of incentives, there are endless possibilities. For Congresses and Conventions there is sufficient choice from a very diverse offer. And it can be guessed that holding the Event will not be a problem either.
My advice is to work with DMCs and Convention Bureaus
Of course I know the way now, but there are some things you have to take into account.
Croats are a bit like the Dutch in general, they have a strong opinion, but are also open to other opinions. They don't judge. They are very competitive, wanting to be the best at everything. People are also very aware of their own situation. In the last year they have mainly tried to deal with Covid. But behind the scenes people are busy setting up other markets and the MICE. Not that it wasn't there, but because of the crowds in tourism it became more or less like a neglected child.
|Destinations Croatia||Toerism||MICE||Contact||Convention Bureau||DMC & Hotels||Qualified for MICE|
|Croatia as a country||Many options||Many options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Zagreb||Hidden secrets||Enough options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, but go for special activities|
|Rovinj||Luxurus options||Less options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Combined yes|
|Opatija & Rijeka||Various options||Many options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Great oportunities, Opatija is top|
|Dubrovnik||Many options||Enough options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, pre and post season|
|Korcula||Various options||Many options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, enough oportunities|
|Hvar||Many options||Many options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Great oportuinties, combine|
|Split||Many options||Enough options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, pre and post season|
|Katarina Line||Many options||Options||Yes||No||No||Yes, various destinations|
As in many European countries, the English language will not be a problem, good detailed contact is a matter of course. Communicating is done with a light accent, so it's no problem, it's just the charm of visiting another country. The younger generation already speaks English at a very high level, the young youth almost without an accent. However, do not have to wait for tight to go already.